The road to WrestleMania is filled with some incredible build up leading to the show, but there is also a locker room full of nervous Superstars looking to make their mark. With so many emotions, a mistake is bound to happen. For wrestling fans, this can lead to some hilarious and unforgettable botches. A wrestling botch can include anything from a bad move, messed up line, or something that went wrong with the production.
Whether it’s a Pay-Per-View event like the Royal Rumble or Elimination Chamber, or even a live show like Raw or SmackDown, there have been a ton of mistakes that have occurred just in 2017 alone. These mistakes have come from rookie stars like Alexa Bliss and ring veterans like John Cena and Cesaro. Watch and see how these Superstars tripped, flubbed, and revealed some wrestling secrets while in the ring.
As the build-up to WrestleMania continues, there are bound to be a lot more mistakes along the way. It’s all about having a keen eye, sharp ear, and the ability to pay close attention to various details while watching. See if you remember any of these botches or if there are any that we've missed along the way.
15 JBL Tries to Save the King
Jerry “The King” Lawler is a legend in the business, but he has no business stepping back into a WWE ring. On an episode of Smackdown Live, Lawler held a special edition of “The King’s Court.” During an interview with Dolph Ziggler, Ziggler decided to attack The King with a Superkick to the chest. Moments after this happened, Ziggler left the ring and JBL decided to go help his friend.
14 John Cena Echoes in the Chamber
The new Elimination Chamber structure was great for viewing, but maybe all of the chains created a little too much echo. Either that, or John Cena continues to simply call his matches WAY too loud in the ring. During multiple points of the match, Cena could be heard calling out moves to his opponents. He shouts directed to A.J. Styles were heard numerous times, even telling him at one point to climb up the side of the cage.
13 Cesaro Is Claudio
Everyone knows that a majority of WWE Superstars have a ring name and a separate name in real life. It’s just kind of shocking when some of these stars have their real name used on television. It’s like the time Triple H just started calling Batista “Dave” with no explanation to viewers that it was his real name.
12 A.J.'s Pants Rip
One of the most classic botches in pro wrestling history has to be the wardrobe malfunction. Tightly fitted clothing mixed in with aerobics and muscle can led to some bad circumstances and, in this case, Styles felt the wrath of a malfunction during live TV. For what it's worth, it couldn't have happened to a better guy as A.J. didn't miss a beat.
11 Brian Kendrick Sends Ali Flying
WWE Main Event has become a filler show filled with forgettable matches. If you happened to catch a recent battle between Brian Kendrick and Mustafa Ali, then you were in for a treat. This was the first time Ali wrestled on the main Cruiserweight roster, but it didn’t go exactly as planned. As both Superstars crossed paths and sent each other across the ropes, Kendrick flung Ali’s body. Ali was probably supposed to catch himself and flip off the ropes, but he got tangled up like a caught fish instead.
10 A.J. & Harper Botch The Finish
Just a few weeks after the Royal Rumble, SmackDown Live held their own Battle Royal to determine who would be headed to WrestleMania to take on Bray Wyatt. Maybe it was fatigue from the original Rumble match, but things didn’t go so smoothly for this very important encounter.
9 Heath Slater Hugs An Uso
The SmackDown tag team division has been filled with a lot of great teams. Because of so many teams, there are numerous times when matches involve multiple teams and a lot of chaos. During one of these bouts, Heath Slater was doing battles with one of The Usos when this botch ensued.
8 Mick's Teeth Fall Out
Let's be honest, Mick's run as the Raw GM is a total fail in comparison to his days as the Commissioner of the WWE back in the early 2000s. However, he has managed to elevate some Superstars, with one being Sami Zayn.
7 A Premature Bell Ringing
The Montreal Screwjob delivered one of the craziest pre-mature bell ringings in history. The only difference with that and a recent early bell ringing at WWE Raw is that the Montreal Screwjob was intentional and ordered by Vince McMahon.
6 The Green Sweater Guy is Edited
No matter how hard the WWE tries, Roman Reigns will never be a top babyface for the company. During a recent Raw, Chris Jericho defeated Reigns to win the United States Championship. Even though Jericho had help to win, the crowd went nuts and cheered for their new champion.
5 Enzo Flips Himself Over the Rope
When something messes up in the ring, it’s important for WWE Superstars to roll with it and improvise. In the case of Enzo, his improvisation looked absolutely embarrassing. During a singles match with Cesaro, Enzo was sent flying across the ropes. He was supposed to fling over the top and spill out to the mat outside the ring. Instead he bounced off the ropes and kind of stood there for a second.
4 Gran Metalik Gets Hung Up
We’ve seen plenty of Cruiserweight botches in the past. Sin Cara could have his own reel of botches if we wanted, but let's face it, he's no longer relevant. We're not sure if it’s the mask that blocks the view or the risks that they take, but masked wrestlers always seem to have some crazy botches.
3 Nikki Bella’s Ring Directions
Nikki Bella and John Cena make an ideal couple. They're both in the wrestling business, don’t mind their personal lives being exposed on reality television, and are a part of the SmackDown Live roster. One negative aspect that Nikki has seemed to take from Cena is her loud match directions which was recently on full display.
2 Goldberg Really Screws Up
Goldberg loves to warm up before WWE appearances by smashing his head against the door. We guess that’s not the best decision to make, at any point of one's life. During the last WWE Raw before the Royal Rumble, Goldberg came out with a bloody forehead that occurred from his smash. After the fans chanted his name, it was Goldberg’s turn to speak, but he could barley get a word out.
1 The Patriots Lost the Super Bowl
Talking Smack has become one of the most entertaining shows on the WWE Network. Instead of scripted promos or interviews, the talk show is a great way for WWE Superstars to reveal themselves and get a chance to shine in front of the camera. Unfortunately for Alexa Bliss, her shining moment did not come on a recent episode.
Sitting next to Daniel Bryan and Renee Young, Bliss fumbled over words, was trolled by Daniel Bryan, and was trying to explain why she lost the Smackdown Women’s Championship. She ended up saying that she was too tired and upset to wrestle because the Patriots had lost the Super Bowl. The always quick Daniel Bryan informed her that the Patriots had actually won. He then went on to mock her for several minutes in what turned out to be a great segment.
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